Something I did for illustration class. We have to pick a song to get inspired for the illustration, and I picked Spirited Away's "The Procession of Spirits".
In order to honour the original intention of the track, Shinto symbolism is added. The Shinto gate in the distance reminds one of the grandness of the fish migration, and also symbolizes this as a spiritual world, much like the world the music was dedicated to in the movie Spirited Away.
The sea creatures were also given roles. The Whales are Samurai or adventurers because they tend to be adventurous and illusive in the real world. The Dolphin is an honest and eager street merchant. The blowfish are landlords or capitalists, very representative the Osaka region in Japan. They tend to be nervous when threatened, and blow up into a big ball of spike. The yellow fish are normal peasants, since they are rather docile and indifferent. As for the redfish (or fly fish), they are the lower class such as slaves and hard labourers. As they emerge from water they grow wings to continue their hard labour. This type of fish often exists in large quantities, and is always at the bottom of the food chain. Finally the Orcas are depicted as Royals. They are the leading group in the procession, and are carried around by the fly fish. In the natural world Orcas are known to have no prey, so in a sense they are the kings of the ocean.
P.S. The eels are criminals.
I have to say I'm not exactly happy with it. But maybe that's just me. I think I want to scrap this after a few days.
I'm sorry for not updating complete works since forever.
12 hours or so.